Use glass doors to showcase personal collections of fine antiques, sentimental glassware, or playful pottery. Display colorful dishes to energize an all-white kitchen.
his classic kitchen with white cabinets, marble accents, and traditional details gets personalized with an on-display pot rack and sliver of sunny yellow paint.
Painting the interior of kitchen cabinets a contrasting color — in this case apple green — is something both architect Gil Schafer and his color consultant, Eve Ashcraft, love to do. Aside from supplying a shot of color, it sets off the china.
A sleek pullout faucet and undermount stainless-steel sink team up with the stainless-steel dishwasher and chrome cabinet pulls to bring a clean, modern look to the kitchen. Recessed panels on the cabinetry soften the contemporary vibe.
Smart kitchen storage, such as the ceiling-height pantries shown here, can make a big difference in a galley kitchen. Glass-front cabinets make a great traditional choice for their ability to reflect light, especially when placed opposite windows. Interior cabinet lights perform a similar function if windows aren’t plentiful. A more modern option, floating shelves make kitchens feel light and airy. Open shelving can also be used in combination with traditional cabinetry to break up blocks of wall space and provide additional storage closer to the ceiling without closing in the room. The minimalist look of hardware-free cabinetry also works great since it eliminates visual disruptions of space.
Here there is plenty of room to move around, and a peninsula off the end of the U-shaped layout creates an eat-in space.
Designer Eldon Wong wanted his kitchen cabinets — made of maple veneer — to disappear, so he stained them almost black to look like wenge wood. A Carrara marble top reminds him of a candy shop.
Rich green marble countertops and a stunning chandelier establish the elegant ambiance in this traditional kitchen. Stainless steel appliances stand out between understated white cabinets, completing the regal space.
You always wanted an island in your kitchen. It seems like the obvious missing piece. Modern kitchens have them, and yours doesn’t. But before you draft this independent structure into your design—and incur the expense associated with cabinetry, fixtures, surface and other bells and whistles—review this kitchen island checklist and determine if your kitchen can truly support an island. There are alternatives: the peninsula and a moveable island that rolls out of the way of foot-traffic and slides in place for entertaining.
A warm alternative to cool stone, character-rich wood countertops are staging a comeback. Traditional wood surfaces often are reserved for lower-traffic applications, such as islands that double as eating areas.
True butcher block, made from strips of wood bonded together, serves as a work surface. It is the only countertop material appropriate for slicing and chopping. Most wood countertops are made from maple, though oak, cherry, walnut and teak are also used. Eco-friendly bamboo is gaining popularity.